Sunday, January 31, 2010

Out-Of-Print Favorites

With the joys of having webspace come the joys of being able to share things that are difficult to gain access to. Therefore, I'm giving away some albums I have kicking around that I find quite enjoyable for one reason or another. These albums are not available on CD, and I believe two of them aren't even available on cassette (although I could be wrong).

These are quite stellar copies of these albums. I generally won't buy an album if it's got the shit beaten out of it. Also, there's the unfortunate possibility that if the owner of these recordings requests that I remove them, I will have no choice but to do so. But, we'll see how things go! Click on the image to get the album.

Roy Mykytyshyn - Divorce Ukrainian Style

Ah, yes, the favorite from Roy. Many people own this album, and it seems to be a Winnipeg classic. If you by any chance speak the language, you will enjoy this album even more than I do!

Mini Pops

The 1982 debut from the Mini Pops should be considered a classic for so many reasons. It sold well, and they often mistakenly get credited for creating the song "Video Killed The Radio Star" (it was actually Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club).

24 Dumb Ditties

Many people my age grew up with this album. I personally went through about five copies of it throughout my lifetime. The copy I currently have is the best sounding, and it's also the longest I've ever had it (I bought it ten years ago). This is the 8-track song order because I can't remember the order on the LP. There are a few copies of this floating around on the net, but this is likely going to be one of the more stellar-sounding ones out there... It's crystal clear!

Just as a side note, if you decide to burn these to an audio CD, you'll get best results if you burn them with no silence between the tracks. Also, if there's any albums you've seen me write about on this blog that are out of print, I do take requests! Feel free to send me an email.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these now-rare classics as much as I do.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Site Test 123

Testing, testing, 1,2,3


Hello, and welcome to Yes, that's right... Classicalgasemissions dot FUCKING com! It's a real website now! Look at the address bar! I'm official!

The great blog re-vamp has begun. I have around 60 audio files that need their filenames cleaned up (Houndbite and Putfile didn't care about the filename, but webspace does) and I also want to get the fuck off Photobucket. There's probably at least a couple hundred images.

So, now that is a reality, it's time to start taking things seriously. You're going to see many exciting changes for this place in the near future. Here are some of the new things you're going to see:

- Blog Entries

Wow, what an exciting list of things to come!

But seriously, the webspace I bought is unlimited. I'll be able to put full albums up for your downloading pleasure! But first, I gotta clean everything up and make it all nice and shiny, so I'm gonna be busy for a bit. The audio files are the first thing on my list to tackle because they're currently fucked up, so be patient and all will be back to normal in a few days.

I also must thank you all for your patience during all these shitty audio outages over the past year or so. I'll put something nice up for all of you this weekend.

Oh yes, and special thanks to Arvixe for the webspace and the live support. If you need some webspace, go with these guys. The price is good, and the features are excellent. Best of all, they use LINUX!!!

Candid Pic: 10/01/28

Fire at Lagimodiere and Dugald (for all you Winnipeggers):

If the lights at Lagimodiere and Regent were a bit faster, I could've got there when it was still belching out smoke.

Classical Gas Emissions - Faster than the 6:00 News!

Free Press doesn't even have a picture yet. Story Here

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The War on Drugs

I owe you guys a couple of blog entries, and I'll be doing another one later this week. Houndbite has been resurrected from the dead, but they didn't give an apology or nothing. I'm still going to think about the benefits of buying my own unlimited webspace. Think about all the useless shitty albums I could put up for downloading!

Anyway, here's one (of two) 15 minute videos I picked up on the subject of why kids shouldn't do drugs. The first one includes some creepy puppets and a hippie puppet. This video is about two kids who got sucked into an arcade vortex and get to meet a guy dressed in a blue body suit, who then gets some video effect guys to turn him into moving psychedelic colors that any stoner would surely enjoy.

The video is aimed at students in grades 5-6, and was produced by Canadian police along with the good people at Shopper's Drug Mart.

Also, check out my new animated splash at the beginning of this video! It took three evenings to program that on my Commodore 128 (in C-64 mode). I'm surprised that I retained most of what I learned about programming in BASIC. It felt really good to do it again.

However, I think I'll keep it at the end of my videos instead of book-ending it like I did for this video. Regardless, enjoy watching the scare tactics and the trippy-looking guy!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It Looks Final... Someone Shot the Rabid Houndbite

Of course, during another crisis in the history of this blog, another one of my videos has gone viral - the first one I ever put on Youtube, the first one I ever posted about. The Gancha video.

I'd like to welcome all the newcomers to my blog, and you will notice that all my audio files have dead links. The place I was hosting them went belly-up on the weekend. My deepest apologies, and I'm pretty pissed off since this is the second time it's happened since I gave birth to this place.

Anyway, I've decided that I'm going to buy webspace to host all my shit. I'm sick of re-uploading everything after a third-party dies, and I'm sick of how Photobucket keeps making their website crappier. I've had this blog for almost three years, I've got a nice reader base now, and it's time to take it a bit more seriously. I'm going to start posting videos about Global Warming and the environment...

....when hell freezes over ;)

You know I'm kidding, right? I'll keep posting the same garbage, but you'll recieve the garbage faster, and in larger quantities. I'll be looking into buying webspace this weekend. Stay tuned (yet again).

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Houndbite is Currently Down

I decided to do this great blog entry, got the audio together, and then disovered that Houndbite is currently not working. I hope it's only temporary and didn't go tits up like Putfile did. I'll give it a couple of days. If it's really gone for good, that's bad news because I'll have to find yet ANOTHER audio hosting site and re-upload all my audio again.

If this happens to be the case, I may actually look into paying for some webspace.

Stay tuned, and my apologies for the lack of an update today.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

S'kiddle Bits with Joey Gregorash

I believe I've written about the local 80s TV children's show "S'kiddle Bits" on here before, but I'll recap.

S'kiddle Bits was a locally produced children's TV show in Winnipeg that was broadcast at 12:00 (lunch time) on weekdays in the 1980s. It was specifically aimed at kids who came home from school to eat lunch (kids who ate at school were shit out of luck).

The host of the show was local talent Joey Gregorash (singer, radio DJ) and he'd usually have a bunch of local guests featured on the show. Every day, he'd send out Birthday greetings, take callers, and give out prizes to the nth caller, or to the person who would guess the "Watchamacallit" correctly. The "Watchamacallit" was basically an item (tennis ball, tooth brush, etc) that had only a small portion of it photographed and put on the screen. Kids would call in and try to guess what it was. He also did music videos of parodies for educational purposes or to try and get a specific message across.

In the 1990s, S'kiddle Bits re-invented itself and became a show called "High Noon" which featured some lame dog puppet as Joey's sidekick. It was around this time that I quit watching the show, as I was outgrowing it and the rebranding / reinvention killed it's 'cozy family entertainment' feeling. High Noon was cancelled after one year.

What I have here is two clips from S'kiddle Bits. The first features guest Robert Church who worked at Petland and was a regular guest on S'kiddle bits. In this clip, he brings along some suicidal turtles, newts, and plays with a scorpion.

The second is the Bus Driver Song done to the tune of "Yellow Submarine" (I hope Youtube doesn't remove the video due to copyright, as Joey used the real Beatles track). Those of you from Winnipeg who grew up in the 1980s will appreciate the nostalgia, and those who think of us Winnipeggers as goofy Canadian yahoos will certainly find validation in these two videos. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Middle Finger Man

Back in the early to mid 90s, Ziploc did a series of ads that featured fingers telling you how great Ziploc bags were. In case you don't remember, here's one of the ads:

A few spoofed versions of these ads were aired on the Scruff Connors morning show featuring the middle finger promoting the bags. Here's four of these spoofed commercials. Enjoy!

For freshness you can count on, click here and listen to Middle Finger Man!

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Unicity Taxi Company

First of all, happy new year! 2010 is full of promises for really good blog entries (at least we hope)

The Unicity Taxi service is one of Winnipeg's finest cab companies. If you were out partying it up last night, perhaps you got a ride home from one of these two goons:

I don't know who's home video this is, but it was left to die in the freezing snow with a bunch of other tapes. This is the video I found along with the 'Lil Dribbler' picture.

This tape is full of very uninteresing footage from multiple camping trips, family gatherings, Christmas, and birthdays. Also on this tape is piss-poor camera work which caused me to view this tape in multiple sittings due to motion-sickness. Having the camera zoomed in and moving it in circles will guarantee to make your audience throw up all over your furniture while watching your latest trip to West Hawk Lake.

I can only guess that this video was taken on Halloween. If not, then I suggest that these two either get therapy, or get deported.